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Glossary: shunt, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

shunt

(shunt)

In medicine, a passage that is made to allow blood or other fluid to move from one part of the body to another. For example, a surgeon may implant a tube to drain cerebrospinal fluid from the brain to the abdomen. A surgeon may also change normal blood flow by making a passage that leads from one blood vessel to another.

2005-05-19